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Welsh health board launches new infection prevention campaign

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New all-in-one kits are being used by staff at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board to help fight infection.

The health board has introduced new cannula and blood culture collection packs on all wards, as part of a new infection prevention campaign.

“The packs bring together the equipment our staff need”

Tracey Cooper

The packs, which contain all of the resources needed to safely collect blood samples and insert cannulas, are intended to save staff time and ensure sterile equipment is available in one place.

As part of the board’s new Asepsis – Act Now campaign, the packs will be made available on wards at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, Glan Clwyd Hospital and Ysbyty Gwynedd.

Tracey Cooper, the board’s assistant director of nursing for infection prevention, said: “The packs bring together the equipment our staff need to make it easier to deliver high standards of care.

“By having it all in one place, we minimise the risk of infection and help save staff time on the wards,” she said. “We’re continuing to work hard to find ways of helping our staff combat infection.

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

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Tracey Cooper

“The Asepsis – Act Now campaign draws on best practice and advice from across the UK, and will help us to continue to deliver the safe, quality care for our patients,” she said.

She added that the board was also asking the public to help us by following its guidance on infection prevention, including cleaning hands at the bedside when visiting patients.

Additional packs containing resources for catheters will also soon be introduced throughout the health board’s area, it said.

As part of the campaign, all clinical staff will complete additional training on the use and management of invasive devices, such as drips and catheters.

Additional resources for trainers and assessors have also been made available throughout the board, it said.

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